#03690
Manchester Rambler (Ewan MacColl) video

See also: Manchester Rambler (Ryan's Fancy)
#2505: YouTube video by Steve Devine
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

I've been over Snowdon, I've slept up on Crowdon,
I've camped by the Waynestones as well;
I've sunbathed on Kinder, been burned to a cinder,
And many more things I can tell.
My rucksack has oft been me pillow,
The heather has oft been my bed;
And sooner than part from the mountains,
I think I would rather be dead.

I'm a rambler, I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I get all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

The day was just ending and I was descending,
Down Grinesbrook just by Upper Tor;
When a voice cried, "Hey you," in the way keepers do,
He'd the worst face that ever I saw.
The things that he said were unpleasant,
In the teeth of his fury I said:
"Sooner than part from the mountains,
I think I would rather be dead."

I'm a rambler, I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I get all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

He called me a louse and said, "Think of the grouse."
Well I thought, but I still couldn't see,
Why old Kinder Scout and the moors roundabout,
Couldn't take both the poor grouse and me.
He said "All this land is my master's,"
At that I stood shaking my head;
No man has the right to own mountains,
Any more than the deep ocean bed.

I'm a rambler, I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I get all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

I once loved a maid, a spot-welder by trade,
She was fair as the Rowan in bloom;
And the blue of her eye matched the June Moreland sky,
And I wooed her from April to June;
On the day that we should have been married,
I went for a ramble instead;
For sooner than part from the mountains,
I think I would rather be dead.

I'm a rambler, I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I get all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

So, I'll walk where I will over mountain and hill,
And I'll lie where the bracken is deep;
I belong to the mountains, the clear running fountains,
Where the grey rock lies ragged and steep.
I've seen the white hare in the gully,
And the curlew fly high overhead;
And sooner than part from the mountains,
I think I would rather be dead.

I'm a rambler, I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I get all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

####.... Ewan MacColl ©The Bicycle Music Company ....####
The video above features Ewan MacColl's recording (Black And White - The Definitive Collection ©1986 Ewan MacColl Ltd).

See more songs by Ewan MacColl.

A variant of Manchester Rambler was recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Dark Island - A Portrait Of Ryan's Fancy, trk#2, ©1971, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

From Wikipedia:
Curlew - common name for the bird genus Numenius, a group of eight wader species, characterised by a long slender downcurved bill and mainly brown plumage with little seasonal change.

Mass Trespass Of Kinder Scout - notable act of willful trespass by ramblers, undertaken at Kinder Scout, in the Peak District of England, on 24 April 1932, to highlight weaknesses in English law of the time. This denied walkers in England or Wales access to areas of open country, and to public footpaths which, in previous ages (and today), formed public rights of way. Political and conservation activist Benny Rothman was one of the principal leaders.

A commemorative plaque now marks the start of the trespass at Bowden Bridge quarry near Hayfield (which is now a popular area for ramblers). This was unveiled in April 1982 by an aged Benny Rothman during a rally to mark the 50th anniversary. The trespass proceeded via William Clough to the plateau of Kinder Scout, where there were violent scuffles with gamekeepers. Several ramblers were arrested and some would receive jail sentences of 18 months, merely for diverging a few yards from a right-of-way.

The mass trespass had a far-reaching impact, some of which is still playing out today. Eventually, changes in the law would allow all citizens access to public footpaths, regardless of whether they crossed private land. This culminated in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which legislates a limited right to roam over scheduled access land.



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